Friday, June 7, 2013

Feudlings Review

Feudlings by Wendy Knight

Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.

Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war. But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate.

Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300 year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is.

When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not falling in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.

3.5 out of 5 

Feudlings is the first book in the Fate on Fire series. 

Ari is the Prodigy- a sorceress of prophecy that has been used by her grandfather as a weapon since she was a child. Her goal is to locate the Prodigy of the rival clan and eliminate him, ending the war between them. When she goes to her latest school, she meets Shane and, despite herself, she falls in love. She just doesn't realize that he's the one she's looking for.

Everything about this book sounds like a cliche of teen paranormal books- the boarding school, the loner girl that changes schools often, the super popular hot guy, the quirky friends, the relationship, the general story. Despite all that, it was a pretty good book. While cliche and not the most developed, none of the characters were offensively bad. In fact, I kind of liked them.

The story itself was also good despite the predictability of the plot. I knew where it was headed from the beginning and the description even tells most of it, but something about it kept me entertained despite that.

There were instances where I thought the book could have had better editing. While I didn't notice any errors, I did come across sentences that were strangely worded or didn't make sense. I also didn't like that there was no paragraph formatting. Instead of paragraph indents, they were marked by line breaks. While it's fine when reading blogs or emails, I would prefer my books to be formatted traditionally.

I really can't explain why I liked this book. Everything about it seems so typical of the least inventive books in the YA genre but it still manged to keep me reading and enjoying it. I'd suggest reading a sample because that will give you a good idea about the whole book. It'd also be a good option for people that want a more wholesome YA book. I looked at the information about the e-publishing company Astraea that published Feudlings and they are really specific about no sex or language in their books so there is no possibility of future books in the series suddenly pulling out the whips and chains.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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